Pierre Lebrun sat down with John Tavares to discuss his future plans and his contract situation. “I think anybody, whether it’s a hockey player or any big life decision … when you consider all the factors that are involved, I think you want to take your time and be diligent,” Tavares said Wednesday. “I think that’s my personality anyways. I’ve always stated how much I enjoy it here and how well I’ve always been treated. We just want to have more success. Coming into the year, I never felt any pressure to have to sign right away, I have a year left on my contract, just keep communication open with myself and the organization.
“Once the season starts, I think it’s a lot easier, you just focus on playing every day. You get so involved in the day-to-day process of being better and trying to be at our best; me personally trying to play to the level I want to play at to help this team get to the playoffs. It’s been good so far, just keep trucking along.’’ John Tavares also talked about people comparing his situation to the Steven Stamkos situation. “I think everyone’s situation is unique in its own way, different factors involved,” Tavares said of the Stamkos comparison. “In some ways, obviously, it is similar. The way the game is now, I think the business side of it, too, these opportunities don’t always present themselves … I just think it’s important to take your time.” Tavares followed up with “I also think once we got into the season, to a certain extent, I said I was open to anything and any situation in terms of talking whenever a decision is made; throughout the season, after the season, or whenever it comes,” Tavares added. “But at the same time I don’t think it’s fair to the group, the guys in here, putting too much emphasis on it. Once the season starts, you put some of the thoughts and looking into the future, you park it to the side and focus on how you can help this team as best you can. We have a fun group in here and you want to accomplish something special.’’ Tavares began to talk about the location/arena issue. “I think that’s the way any player would approach it. Everything will get factored in.” (REST IS IN THE COMMENTS IT GOT CUT OFF) ⬇️